A wicked strong thunderstorm breaks in the skies over Amman Jordan, summer, 2003.
Naturally, this was a timed exposure shot on 35mm negative film – the ASA was 200. The camera was my old, fully manual Olympus OM-1 – there’s nothing automatic in this shot outside of the lightning bolts!
Timed exposures are a lot of fun to shoot, especially on film, where you have to wait to get the negative developed and printed in order to see if your guess on the f-stop and exposure time was correct. Because it’s a guessing game, I used to log my timed exposures so I’d know what I did when and if the shot came out (that way I could do away with the guess work next time I tried this) – my log says this shot was taken with an f-stop of f-8 and the exposure time was 5 minutes.
The four lightning bolts didn’t strike all at the same time – they were individual hits that occurred over that five minute period. How nice that they spaced themselves so nicely for this photograph!